Cement maker’s waste to energy initiatives recognized by DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has recognized CEMEX Philippines’ Solid Cement Plant in San Jose, Antipolo for its Small Scale – Waste to Energy for Co-processing of Residual Wastes (RDF)

This is in keeping with the cement company’s commitment to act for the climate, with proper environmental management being one of the concrete action steps taken.

The recognition serves as another validation that CEMEX is working toward sustainability and environmental management. 

This also further fulfills CEMEX’s ‘Future in Action’ global strategy to address Climate Change which centers on reducing its CO2 emissions by 35 percent by 2025 and around 40 percent by 2030. 

At the core of CEMEX’s environmental management initiative is co-processing, which is a sustainable way of processing wastes, specifically single-use plastics, using a cement kiln. 

This industrial method helps in effectively reducing wastes being dumped on landfills and water bodies. It also helps in recycling the materials as additional energy source (alternative fuel) during cement production. 

Solid Cement plant director Santiago Ortiz received the plaque of recognition from DENR-EMB CALABARZON regional director Noemi Paranada through a recent virtual awarding ceremony. 

“This recognition is a testament to our commitment that we must continuously push for the reduction of our CO2 emissions and protect our environment,” Ortiz said.

CEMEX’s steadfast campaigns toward climate change have earned the company different awards from DENR. 

These include DENR-EMB’s recognition of Solid Cement plant in 2017 for its commitment to the government’s Adopt-a-River Program. It also received Best Environmental Technology and Best Available Practice for exemplifying best practices in implementing the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 under Republic Act (RA) 9003. In 2019, the DENR-EMB conferred an award for its innovative waste management solutions such as co-processing and for TSeK (Tamang Segregasyon Para Sa Kalikasan) program services.

CEMEX is a global construction materials company that is building a better future through sustainable products and solutions. CEMEX is committed to achieving carbon neutrality through relentless innovation and industry-leading research and development.